Having reached a stage where you're comfortable with what CFDs are, how they work and the various different options that present themselves to you as a trader, it's time to start looking further into the nitty-gritty that is trading strategy. Ask any accomplished trader whether or not he employs a consistent, repeatable strategy, and more often than not you'll find the answer in the affirmative. Devising a strategy is a central component of successful, sustainable investment - anything else is either highly labour and time intensive, or bordering on guesswork.
A strategy for investing is like a blueprint for building a house - without those instructions in place, it is hard to ensure you're consistently hitting the mark, and that the pieces of the puzzle will readily fit together when the time comes. While strategies don't have to be overly complicated, they are procedures best developed through a combination of knowledge and trading theory, and personal (and often bitter) trading experience.
In the forthcoming segment, we've attempted to outline the foundations of common CFD trading strategies for you, collating the collective knowledge of experienced traders to reflect a true and accurate position of some of the most widely used trading strategies and techniques in the CFDs market.
While it's up to you which (if any) you choose to implement, it is nevertheless important to bear in mind the value of experience, and to take advantage of the mistakes others have made before you to prevent losing your capital unnecessarily.
Likewise, there is really no substitute for experience when it comes to trading other than the knowledge of those that have gone before you, and there are invaluable lessons to be learned from devoting time and energy to reading up on trading do's and don'ts. Like most things in life, there are certain fundamental trading lessons that it pays to learn in the theoretical sphere before you launch unsuspectingly into the markets to learn the hard way.
While there are no hard and fast formulae to which you must adhere when trading CFDs, there are certain fundamental trains of thought that have served traders well over the years, and it pays dividends to familiarise yourself with these strategies - if not for personal profit, to give you an insight into the possible mindsets of other traders. So without further ado, here are a few of those key trading strategies, tips and techniques that will stand you in good stead in your future trading efforts.